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Post-IslamismThe Changing Faces of Political Islam$
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Asef Bayat

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766062.001.0001

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Hizbullah’s Infitah:

Hizbullah’s Infitah:

A Post-Islamist Turn?

Chapter:
(p.240) 8Hizbullah’s Infitah:
Source:
Post-Islamism
Author(s):

Joseph Alagha

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766062.003.0008

Since the end of the civil war in 1990, the resistance movement Hizbullah transformed by altering its ideology and militant character of the 1980s – when it anathematized the political system and regarded the Lebanese state as an apostate – to a gradual integration process into political and public life. Within the domains of its infitah (‘opening-up’) project, Hizbullah implemented its integration (moderation) program through a bona fide policy shift that seemingly adheres to the wilayat al-faqih (guardianship of the jurisprudent) rhetoric, while in reality it has distanced itself from it by providing alternative reading, justification, and reinterpretation. Could Hizbullah’s infitah policy be interpreted as a post-Islamist trend or read as a bottom-up Islamization in disguise?

Keywords:   Post-Islamism, Lebanon, Hizbullah, Islamism, political Islam

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